The Gambling Sports Writer

The Gambling Sports writer2 Grade Level assignment used: 12 Course: MDM 4UO (Data Management) Curriculum (Ontario) Expectations Addressed: 1) solve problems involving the probability of an event or a combination of events for discrete sample spaces; 2) solve problems involving the application of permutations and combinations to determine the probability of an event. The “Gambling Sports Writer” is a  task, that students work in pairs to complete. They read a story about Bill Frey a sports writer with a sever gambling addiction. On a particularly bad night of gambling Bill loses half a million dollars! A half million he does…

Activity for linear Relations: Does the Cat catch the mouse?

Does the cat catch the mouse Grade level of activity: Grade 9 Course used for: MPM 1D (Academic) Ontario Curriculum expectations addressed: construct tables of values, graphs, and equations, using a variety of tools (e.g., graphing calculators, spreadsheets, graphing software,paper and pencil),to represent linear relations derived from descriptions of realistic situations (Sample problem: Construct a table of values, a graph, and an equation to represent a monthly cellphone plan that costs $25,plus $0.10 per minute of airtime.); describe a situation that would explain the events illustrated by a given graph of a relationship between two variables determine other representations of…

Math Magic! Your Favorite Movie of all Time!

INSTRUCTIONS: DO NOT cheat.  DO YOUR math, THEN compare the results on the list of movies at the bottom of this post.  You will be AMAZED at how scary true and accurate this test is: Pick a number from 1 – 9. Multiply that number by 3. Add 3. Multiply be 3 again. Your total will be a two digit number.  Add the first and second digits together to find your favorite movie (of all time) in the list of 17 movies below:           Movie List Gone with the Wind E.T. Blazing Saddles Star Wars Forrest…

Can you solve the most famous math problem in English Literature? How many were going to St Ives?

The following trick question appeared in the early 19th century in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme: As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Every wife had seven sacks, Every sack had seven cats, Every cat had seven kits, Kits, cats, sacks, wives, How many were going to St. Ives? Answer: 2, 800 do you know how we get this answer?  

How the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence are connected

Recall that the golden ratio is a special irrational number that is approximately equal to 1.618.  It appears frequently in geometry, art, and architecture. Also recall that the Fibonacci sequence is the series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 … Each number is found by adding up the two numbers before it.  For example 5 is found by adding 3 and 2. German Astronomer Johannes Kepler once wrote that “as 5 is to 8, so 8 is to 13, approximately, and as 8 is to 13, so 13 is to 21, approximately”.  What Kepler…

Phi, the number that helps us make beautiful art

The Golden Ratio (phi) There are several well known “irrational numbers”, which are numbers that cannot be expressed as a ratio between two numbers and it cannot be written as a simple fraction because there is not a finite number of numbers when written as a decimal.  When irrational numbers are written as decimals the decimal would go on forever without repeating.  An irrational number you are probably very familiar with is pi or Π which is equal to 3.14159265359 …. it is the irrational number that helps us understand everything that is circular.   Another irrational number you may have…

Prime number athletes … Reggie Miller #31

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars” – Khalil Gibran The biggest three point shooting star in the 90’s was Reggie Miller the skinny frail looking shooting guard for the Indiana Pacers.  He was like of the Steph Curry of the 90’s, a baby faced sharp shooter.  Much like Curry, Miller did not look tough, no Lebron James Marvel Super hero physique or Mike Tyson like menacing scowl. But he was tough.  He was a handful to deal with even for perhaps the greatest player the world has ever seen (Michael Jordan) and always performed…